"If you have time for but one
  province in China, Yunnan should
  be it.
"
           
- Lonely Planet
 

 

Volunteer in Kunming, Yunnan,
a city with year-round Spring weather. Trips to 26 cultures &
5 nearby countries.

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Why Choose Us?


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Why Volunteer With Impact Abroad?

Much of Yunnan's rich cultural and ecological diversity is due to the isolation of local cultures and ecosystems within Yunnan's river valleys. In fact, many of Asia's great rivers, from the Yangzi to the Mekong to the Pearl, flow through Yunnan carving fertile but isolated river valleys in the mountainous terrain. This geography has helped preserve the varied cultures of Yunnan's 25 ethnic minorities. But a negative consequence of this isolation is the province’s impeded industrial development in sharp contrast to other coastal regions of China. Rich in their own traditional culture, many segments of these minority groups have not been able to enjoy the fruits of the overall economic development that has affected the living conditions of people in the rest of China.

Yunnan’s geographic isolation and lack of industry have not only resulted in limited economic opportunities in many of the province’s counties but has also led to large scale migration by low income workers from rural Yunnan to the capital city of Kunming. Poverty is pervasive in both the countryside and among the migrant worker communities in Kunming. As a result, many children now do not have any access to the kind of education that they need in order to break free of the vicious cycle of poverty.


Our Programs:

Impact Abroad partners with non-profit local organizations in the field of education and community service in order to cater to less fortunate individuals with limited economic and educational opportunities in Kunming. As a volunteer, an individual can help provide the kind of informal education and vocational skills that disadvantaged children and women need to escape poverty. Besides teaching basic English, volunteers can also engage children in recreational activities such as playing guitar and in the process can teach them its basic tenets. A long term volunteer can even opt to spend more time with these children, watching movies and going for a swim together. International student volunteers, in the process, will broaden these childrens’ horizons, fostering a curiosity about the world. Learning English will also help give these children the skills they need to turn their lives around. 

We also have other environment sustainability programs in Yunnan. Working with people from local communities will to a large extent deepen the cultural understanding of participants of our service learning programs, especially international student volunteers. Just spending a few hours with people from another culture and sharing experiences with them can make a lot of positive difference in an individual’s life, dramatically changing his perspectives on the world.

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Impact Abroad provides International Volunteering & Community Service Opportunities
to people in the western world to help children in Yunnan, China

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